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Rustenburg is a medium-sized city located in the North West Province of South Africa, and forms a major population center for the region.
Having been one of the official host cities for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Rustenburg has risen to greater prominence in recent years, but has always been of some historical importance, especially to the Afrikaner culture, as well as a center of agriculture and production. It is also one of the oldest Boer settlements in the northern part of South Africa.
Prior to the arrival of Europeans, the region in which Rustenburg would later be founded was inhabited by the indigenous Khoikhoi people, who were later colonized by Tswana tribes (the ancestors of the Royal Bafokeng Nation). During the early 1800s, the Tswana came under frequent attack from the Matabele (an offshoot of the Zulu kingdom). As the Boers were also engaged in conflict with the Matabele at the time, the two groups found an unlikely alliance and eventually overcame the Matabele. Following the protracted conflict, the newly-founded town was named Rustenburg (after the Dutch word for ‘rest’), as the Boers finally believed they had found a place they would be able to settle comfortably.
The Rustenburg area was originally given over to agriculture, and the region produced a large amount of the country’s citrus fruits, tobacco, peanuts, sunflower seeds, maize, wheat, and cattle, among other goods. The town of Rustenburg was officially established in 1851 to serve as an administrative center for this productive region, in order to ensure more effective distribution of its produce to the rest of the country at large. Originally, the town was home to Boer leader and former president of the South African Republic, Paul Kruger.
Since the early 20th century, Rustenburg has been at the center of the country’s platinum mining industry, and the surrounding area has become highly polluted as a result. The infamous Marikana miners’ strike, which resulted in the massacre of protesting miners by the South African Police Service, took place near Rustenburg in 2012.
Rustenburg is located at the foot of the Magaliesberg mountains, in the northeastern quadrant of the North West Province. Two of the countries main highways run through the city, making it an important logistical location.
Rustenburg’s most notable landmarks include many battlefields, memorials, cemeteries, and ruined forts, many dating back to the period of conflict out of which the city arose, as well as the two largest platinum mines in the world. The local Anglican Church and Dutch Reformed Church, both dating back to the 19th century, are some of the oldest in the country. The Royal Bafokeng Stadium, located in the city, was the site of many 2010 FIFA World Cup matches.
Rustenburg is home to approximately 104,612 people, at a density of around 370 per square kilometer.
The majority of the population is Black African, with Afrikaans being the most widely spoken first language.